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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Jun 11, 2009 1:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Apologies for my ignorance .......

Recent posts have made reference to 'Contract' and not in a very complimentary way. The only 'Contract' I know is the NRPS track on 'Powerglide' - the one about the bounty hunter which, rightly or wrongly, I quite like. I've searched the Dodds lyric book, 'The American Book of the Dead' and 'Skeleton Key' but can't find reference to any other 'Contract'. I just tend to focus on Dead shows and the 'must haves' like Garcia '1', 'Ace' and 'Old And In The Way' and admit that I don't have/know all the various solo and splinter-group output. Is there another 'Contract' and if so where is it from or do I need to go on a course of electro-aversion therapy to stop me liking the NRPS number which obviously I shouldn't?

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 11, 2009 5:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......

Whoa there buddy....you musta taken that way out a context. The fact is that Tell stated that Contract, written by Dave Torbert and played by NRPS was a better vehicle as a "cowboy" tune than the stuff put together by Weir an Barlow and played by the Dead. Note: John Phillips wrote Jack Straw and Weir/Hunter, not Barlow wrote MAMU.

I then agreed and to quote; "Contract" is probably one of the best pedal steel tunes ever played and a great cowboy song to boot. Of the NRPS stuff, my personal favorite is the least accessible which would be the "Mighty Time" LP...lot's of great Jerry guitar playing.

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This post was modified by Earl B. Powell on 2009-06-11 12:54:55

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 11, 2009 6:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......

Whoa there, Earl!

"Note: John Phillips wrote Jack Straw and Weir/Hunter, not Barlow wrote MAMU."

Wrong way round, my friend. JP wrote MAMU - Hunter/Weir wrote Jack Straw. But you knew that really, didn't you?

:-)

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 11, 2009 9:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......

My bad. Just because Weir is dyslexic doesn't mean I have to be too.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 11, 2009 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......Ha--mine too!

And I wonder why my subtle point failed the "transparency" test as writes sometimes say (in the Pig thread)! [I never meant to disparage the man but to understand the lack of translation to studio output].

Thanks, Earl...

Yes, TW10 o 9, you might have missed the "Earl & Tell 'bonding' moment" yesterday that started with our mutual admiration for Contract based on song writing, pedal steel and Torbert's voice. We both agreed that it was perhaps the best of the "group" (as in cowboy tunes).

"I think my fav of the group though is Contract with Torbert...perfect tone for the story, vocal and guitar wise..."

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Jun 11, 2009 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......Ha--mine too!

Thanks all for putting me right - I can go back to enjoying 'Contract' (as you say: great song, great singing, great playing) without looking over my shoulder worrying about the 'Quality Police' busting me.

I do quite often get the wrong end of the stick - maybe it was another thread somewhere along the line where the views weren't quite so positive as yours are here.

"Been heading down, New Mexico ........"

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 11, 2009 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......Ha--mine too!

No sweat--I so often get things wrong here, usually my own doing with failure to express things simply and without typos...

But, to continue in the lovefest for Contract and NRPS, I came to it via a "Dead coverband" I worked with for yrs (in HS & college, I was a roadie for HS buddies in a band) and they used to do Contract REALLY well. Bass player had a voice even better suited to it than Dave T., and the guitar playing really nailed the sorrowful/country-esque lead for it. They even had a half assed pedal steel player for a few yrs, but the straight up lead player was better.

Anyhow, NRPS had some great tunes over the years, but Contract is by far, FAR!, my FAV.

Never get tired of that one...too bad they didn't do it live (or at least recordings wise it's rare?) often enough. And the few I have heard don't work as well as the studio (hmmm--here I go again!).

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 11, 2009 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......Ha--mine too!

Twas thinking about NRPS and the studio vs. live issue this morning myself. Most everything I've heard recorded live, without post recording processing doesn't match up with the studio "vibe." I've seen some great NRPS shows live and the recordings of those shows fall flat.

This is odd to me, especially since just finishing the Blair Jackson "Gear" book, that NRPS didn't have the same perfectionist bent in all areas related to their music. I'm sure it was a shared topic, especially when Garcia was in the band.

"I'm ridin' hard, ain't got no star on my shirt."